Maualuga, Rey

Score 2009, #389

CARD: Score 2009 Inscriptions
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2019

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Rey played MLB at USC from 2005-2009.
  • He was part of an incredible fearsome foursome of LBs that included Clay Matthews Jr, Brian Cushing, and Kaluka Maiava.
  • Maualuga was a second round pick of the Bengals in 2009.
  • Had best season in 2012, posting up 122 total tackles, a sack, 4 pass deflections, and a fumble recovery.
  • Signed with the Dolphins in 2017 and saw action in 6 contests.
  • Was waived after being arrested for battery of a employee at a nightclub.
  • Has not seen the field since then- and has continued to battle alcohol throughout his life.

ACCOLADES:

NOTES:

I just remember when the Texans played against the Bengals in the playoffs. At the time it was peak Texans in 2012- and Arian Foster was on full display in NRG. Foster took a handoff, blasted through a hole and left Rey there moving in slow motion. It was an incredible display of power.

Erickson, Dennis (2)

Topps AAF 2019 Certified, #AU-DE

CARDS: Topps AAF 2019 Certified
ACQUIRED: 2022, Private Acquisition

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

NOTES:

This card was a bit of a cop out by Topps. It is almost a complete duplicate of his regular issue base set card, minus a filter or two. Still it was a need for the set as most of the coaches were fetching an insane price in the open market. My friend CFLFaninPhilly came through for me and made me a great deal to help me close out this set. Again, I can not thank him enough.

Upshaw, Gene ‘Uptown Gene’ (1945-2008)

Action Packed Whizzer White Award 1991, #8

CARD: Action Packed Whizzer White Award 1991
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2023

CAREER SNAPSHOT:

  • Gene Upshaw played OL for Texas A&I from 1963-’66.
  • He was selected by Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 1967 draft.
  • Considered one of the finest OL to ever play, was a fixture at OG for the Raiders for 16 seasons.
  • Has numerous distinctions on resume, including being the first player to appear in a Super Bowl in 3 different decades, and most consecutive starts to begin NFL career (231).
  • Offensive team captain for 9 seasons (1973-’81).
  • Was a firsthand witness to many of the NFL’s most memorable games such as the Ghost to the Post, The Sea of Hands, and the Holly Roller.
  • During NFL career became extremely active in union activity with the NFLPA, eventually ascending to Executive Director.

ACCOLADES:

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • All Pro 1970, ’74, ’77
  • Second Team All Pro 1971-’73, ’75
  • Pro Bowl 1972-’77
  • All AFL All Star 1968
  • NFL All Decade Team 1970s
  • Byron Whizzer White Award 1980
  • NFL 75th Anniversary Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary Team
  • Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
  • 1982 A. Phillip Randolph Award

NOTES:

Gene had long passed by the time I got around to this set, so I thought it’d be a challenge to get any of the deceased players. Much to my amazement his autograph showed up a few years ago on EBay on this exact card- but I forgot to place a bid and missed out on it. I was kicking myself for quite a while on it until this one popped up at the same time Willie Davis appeared. I pulled the trigger on both and was able to add both of them to my collection.

It should be noted that Gene’s autograph… is upside down.

EPITAPH:

9/20/2008- Gene passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer, surrounded by friends and family at the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, CA. He was 63.

After his passing his family established a foundation in his name, and an annual golf tournament to help cover patient and family costs, at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

Celebrating the game, the players, the cards, and the autographs for over 25 years.